Report One covenant, or two? in Monotheist Theologies & Scriptures Posted August 1, 2018 · Edited August 1, 2018 by mererdog On 7/27/2018 at 9:42 PM, zamber said: The word pontifex translated to English is "bridge builder" which is the reason the pope is called "pontifex maximus." There are some who say that the pontifex were originally engineers, as well as priests. That they literally built bridges. It makes a fair amount of sense. And bear in mind that the word pontifex is a holdover from the Pagan Roman priesthood. Its origins have nothing to do with Christianity, Judaism, or monotheism.